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into words and the the war afghanistan and he's allowing the pentagon and you have to remember when you're looking at the pentagon you are looking at an institution that has defined motor skills and a dinosaur. if you take the pentagon a long time to put something together all but obama has to do and i know it isn't this simple but i would look at the gorbachev experience. he came out of 1985 he gave the secret speech in 1986 denouncing afghanistan to his fellow bureau colleagues as a bleeding wound he had the moxie secretly tell shultz we were getting out that the military was going to get one year to turnaround and the wouldn't feel to. they announced a timetable and they were gone. we need to do something similar. they had their chances we had 11 commanders and afghanistan in 11 years take a look at thomas rex book the generals that devotes a lot of attention to this isn't a war we can be successful and the kind of military we have. there is no military that had ever been successful in the counterinsurgency where they have a sanctuary. not only did it have a sanctuary but in outlinin
, not just cutting the bloat in the pentagon budget so we don't have $500 hammers on a submarine, we're talking about saving money. my institute, the institute for policy studies, my colleague, marian pemberton has figured out we could save $200 billion just this year, not over ten years, in just the military side without doing anything that would put us at risk. >> what you have articulated is the progressive line on this which i am sympathetic to. but it is an austerian line. we're talking about raising taxes and cutting defense budget. what you're doing is diminishing the deficit and -- >> but actually the thing -- >> the military spending hurts our economy. >> in other words, this is basically -- what is so ironic about this is it kind of goes back to woodrow wilson, why are the fights so difficult or so vicious? because the stakes are so small. really in reality when you look at sequestration and we're talking about $85 billion this year, really only with $40 billion in real spending cuts, because of the way the budget operates with budget authority. you're looking at not a huge
wallace. senate republican ares block the president's choice to run the pentagon. as gop senators demand more answers about the benghazi terror attack, white house charges they are playing politics with national security. we talk with the man leading the call for more information, senator lindsey graham. his tee party response to the state of the union speech was critical to both the president and the gop. we will ask senator rand paul what he thinks of the obama agenda as well as republican policy. also, it is less than two weeks until big automatic spending cuts kick in. we will ask the sunday panel will congress will reach a deal before the sequester deadline. and outraged our power player of the week helps the senate make history by keeping track of history. all right now on "fox news sunday." >> chris: and hello again from fox news in washington. senate republicans made history this week, blocking a nominee for defense is secretary for the first time ever. they are demanding more information about the nominee former senator chuck hagel and about the benghazi terror attack. joining m
the car is gregg bergersen. he's a civilian analyst at the pentagon with one of the nation's highest security clearances. his companion is tai shen kuo, a spy for the people's republic of china. bergersen knew a secret that the chinese desperately wanted to know, and neither man knows that what they're about to do is being recorded by two cameras the fbi has concealed in their car. >> let you have the money. >> oh, oh. are you sure that that's okay? >> yeah, it's fine. >> welcome to 60 minutes on cnbc. i'm bob simon. in this edition, we turn our attention to some foreign intrigue. first, a story about a mysterious computer virus that struck an iranian nuclear plant. later, the report of how american agents hunted a notorious arms dealer. and finally, an account of a chinese-american spy trying to steal u.s. military secrets for china. we begin with the story of stuxnet, a computer virus considered to be the world's first destructive cyberweapon. it was launched several years ago against an iranian nuclear facility, almost certainly with some u.s. involvement. but as steve kroft repor
. we are reading about a $3 billion cut in the military health care system. the pentagon could be restructuring contracts. what do you want to say about those areas? guest: training is going to be cut. dod has said only unit preparing to deploy will be training. everybody else in the air force and navy, the planes will be grounded. they will take the money they would have used to do the training and shifted into the war account to pay for afghanistan. try care -- tricare is what you mentioned. people will still get benefits can be seen by doctors. host: a big fight in washington over the defense aspect. what else should we know about the defense area? guest: there will be an impact. there are two sides of sequestration. there is the side that we need to cut federal spending and defense needs to play a role. talking to people in the pentagon, a lot of them would agree with that. the problem is they are halfway through the year. they have not been preparing for this at all. they will have to squeeze all of these cuts into a six-month period. the next six months, it is implemented
for the pentagon. >> on our civilians it will be catastrophic. >> reporter: civilians like sue ann falkenburg, a single mom 3,000 miles away in california. i would have to get a part-time job to support my family. >> reporter: falkenburg is worried about the pay cut or furlough. >> i can't exactly call my landlord and say, hey, i got a 20% cut in my salary, can you reduce the rent for 20%? >> reporter: it's not just the pentagon. dozens of cuts including the fbi will have to make difficult choices. >> the fbi will have to be in a position to evaluate where the reductions will come from and that may impact the national security arena. >> reporter: the democrats' congressional campaign committee also goes on the offensive today. they will accuse republican of risking 700,000 jobs in order to protect special interest tax loopholes. >>> a total disaster, that's what one walmart executive reportedly wrote about a plunge in sales. i it's announcing its report this morning. rebecca jarvis is here this morning. good morning. >> good morning. >> what are they saying and what are they saying about the
without pay and that will hurt. our pentagon correspondent has more. tell us what is going on, barbara. >> reporter: well, you know, wolf, we have been hearing this fancy washington word, sequester for weeks now. but now the reality is hitting hundreds of thousands of defense department workers facing a smaller paycheck. maintaining fighting jets and war ships at the ready. providing care at military hospitals. crucial military functions don't by some 800,000 civilian workers. now, the pentagon has told congress these workers will be forced to stay home one day a week, without pay, if mandatory spending cuts are not averted. >> everybody is waiting to hear. it has definitely become the new, what i call the new "f" word here is furlough. >> reporter: for many, it will be defense cuts, he is already making plans. >> i'll pay the core bills, the mortgage and the utilities and then you live on what is left. >> reporter: the head of the government worker's union says his people have already suffered. >> already these employees have suffered a 27-month pay freeze. now, a 20% pay cut. >> repo
's oil flows. lawmakers have until march the 1st to cut $500 billion from the pentagon's budget over the next decade. if they don't automatic cuts kick. in with that dangling overhead the military has had its hands tied they tell us. jennifer pentagon -- griffin is at the pentagon tonight. i know they want more money. >> that's right. it is significant in terms of the message that it sends to iran right now in a very tense time in the middle east. but it is and it is the first concrete sign that the budget uncertainty is going to have a real impact on national security. at a time when tensions are are high with iran over its nuclear program and negotiations might be coming soon, the u.s. had had a policy of having two aircraft carriers over the golf for the past two years. the uss eisenhower will deploy later this month. but it will go alone we're told to replace the uss. according to george little said facing budget uncertainty continuing budget resolution and across the board sequestration cuts made this request to the secretary and he approved. secretary of defense approved to rev
and women in uniform today as the pentagon threats pay cuts and deployments on hold, automatic cuts to the defense budget. and for america, he joins us now on the question of whether our troops are going to pay a price for washington's failure to make tough decisions. hi, pete. >> how are you doing, alisyn. >> alisyn: as you know, leon panetta is suggesting just 1% pay raise for our men and women in uniform that won't keep up with the cost of living there, what they'll have to pay going ahead next year. what do you think that would do for military families? >> well, it is a defacto pay cut and i think the military families are looking at the other side and also recently announced the civilian work force, they're unfreezing pay freezes that have happened for nonmerit paid government positions outside of the military so they're seeing salaries go up outside of the military and their salaries going down and you know what they say and i see, we see one gigantic political cop-out. that's what the sequestration debate has turned into. the president refuses to lead, no one will talk detail
. joining me now is the cnn pentagon correspondent chris lawrence to talk about the tactics and the military. and how the military may have helped the police spy on this killer despite him hiding underground, also with us victor blackwell in midland city in alabama watching this unfold. victor, first, let me start with you. the standoff stretched for seven days and ended in just a mere matter of minutes. are we getting any more information from officials on why they decided to go in, how they decided to go in, and how they pulled this off? >> reporter: exactly. and this is a blend of both military science and social science. i will leave the military end up to chris. i'll tell you about the other element. we have reached out to the fbi contact, we have been speaking to this week, alabama state police, some sources who were close to the situation. we know this came down to the last 24 hours. and the fbi hostage rescue team, it's more than just the guys who go in to pull the child out. there are behavioral scientists, tactical technicians, the fbi swat, the negotiators, they are all here at th
't heard from the pentagon on the latest development. but the u.s. did confirm in 2011 this one of its unmanned drones went missing. >>> those drones will likely be one of the most heated talked points during john brennan's confirmation hearing. he's president obama's pick to head the cia. he'll face tough questions from democrats and republicans. nbc's tracie potts is live on capitol hill with a preview. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. in a written response to those lawmakers he faces later today, brennan says that those drone strikes are rare but are legal. he is defending them and will talk more about that today. he'll be asked more about that today as the top counterterror adviser for the president. the white house also releasing what had been a classified memo to lawmakers on these intelligence committees with the legal justification for why the u.s. thinks or, as the white house put, it we're doing this for the right reasons in the right way. but the ucla, privacy groups, lawmakers, even some states disagree. 11 states are trying to restrict how drones are used in their
men caught on camera monday smashing a display case inside the zales jewelry store in pentagon city stealing 27 diamond rings. >> i had seen that and when i looked up at my desk and i saw the guy heading toward me, that was the first thing i thought. they're here, same ones. >> reporter: frederick police say they're looking into that possibility. >> we're in communication with arlington pd. we're reviewing their information and showing them our information and seeing if they link up and if they do, we'll work it cooperatively. >> reporter: in both cases it appears the bandits used a hammer to break open the display cases. in today's caper the hammer was dropped and left behind, their victims left to deal with the effects of being pepper sprayed, but they're all okay physically. >> after today's heist police say the hooded men got away in derek colored suv or truck. it was a red -- a dark colored suv or truck. it was a red sedan that was seen leaving the scene in pentagon city. >>> police believe this woman robbed two banks in a matter of minutes yesterday in northwest d.c. one rob
cain wrote the pentagon, calling it one of the most egregious examples of mismanagement in recent memory. >> $1 billion has been basically totally wasted, with nothing to show for it. >> reporter: just flushed down the drain. >> flushed down the drain. >> reporter: you know, a lot of americans remember that infamous $600 toilet set. is this even worse than that? >> i don't mean to make a joke, but at least they got a toilet seat. out of this, they got nothing. we got nothing. >> reporter: so what went wrong? >> you had a company that wasn't up to the task of managing the project. you had a computer system that wasn't actually able to do the job. and you had an air force that was asleep at the switch. >> reporter: a top executive for the lead contractor, computer science's corporation or csc, told nbc news that it provided the air force with capabilities and assets to deliver the system of the future, and that taxpayers got their money's worth. an air force official sees it differently. >> i'm personally appalled at the limited capabilities that program has produced. >> reporter: senior a
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as the internet. in less than a decade, the pentagon's warning that it might be possible for a computer hacker to disable critical infrastructure in a major city and disrupt essential services has actually happened. other online attacks have seen millions of dollars stolen from banks and defense systems infiltrated. it's why, as we first reported in november of 2009, some people are already saying that the next big war is less likely to begin with a bang than a blackout. >> can you imagine your life without electric power? >> until february 2009, retired admiral mike mcconnell was the nation's top spy. as chief of national intelligence, he oversaw the central intelligence agency, the defense intelligence agency and the national security agency. few people know as much about cyber warfare, and our dependency on the power grid, and the computer networks that deliver our oil and gas, pump and purify our water, keep track of our money, and operate our transportation systems. >> if i were an attacker and i wanted to do strategic damage to the united states, i would either take the cold of winter or
. getting deals on pentagon contractors. >>> a day after burger king says twitter account was hacked, jeep says the same thing. cadillac is owned by chrysler. jeep is not the only corporation reporting cyber attacks. apple says some of its macintosh computers were attacked. >> the cash strapped postal service is trying its hand at side action. starting this fall, they will launch a clothing line. the apparel and accessories will be called rain, heat and snow. technology to create smart apparel also known as wearable electronics. jackets with i pod controls built into the sleeves. i like it. may i also say i went to the united states post office yesterday in the bethesda yesterday. met a wonderful gentleman, bernie. he's been trying to craft a perfect tony and tucker question. we love the united states post office. >>> still ahead in our next half hour, a dire warning from the white house. might it be a little too late however? >> and we're going to sit down with our team for a look at why a deal to stop the sequester probably won't happen. >> but first an american in saint peters seat? wha
level that he had been waterboarded. he had practiced at the pentagon. he had been working on this. but when he referred to containment on iran rather than prevention of nuclear weapons and had to be corrected and then corrected again, a note was passed to him, and then the chairman helpfully said to him, containment is not a policy at all. that is not our policy. that is such a critical mistake on an issue that he knew that he was going to be asked about. we knew that he was going to have to explain the, quote, jewish lobby and take that back and some of the other things. the way he did it didn't seem crisp. and then when ted cruz wheeled in the tv screen to play an al jazeera talk show and put him on the spot or how he defended israel or didn't defend israel in response to a question on a talk show, it would be like somebody saying to you or mika, joe, you were on c-span ten years ago, and what did you say to someone who called in? that was very, very tough. >> that was sort of my point at the top. >> it's interesting that you had said, mika, yesterday as we were going to a meeti
somewhere by march 1st. otherwise, pentagon spending would shrink by 7.9%. domestic spending by 5.3% and medicare would take a 2% reduction. the president prefers an option that raises more money by closing tax loopholes. republicans want to stick with spending cuts only. a study by george mason university estimated that 448,000 jobs in d.c., maryland and virginia could be affected by automatic indiscriminate budget cuts. business leaders and local congressmen are concerned about the impact on our economy. >> and sequestration will hurt not only the defense side but the non-defense side. my committee funds the f.b.i. there will probably be furloughs at the f.b.i. there will be furloughs potentially at the national cancer institute, at nih. this thing has ramifications for defense and non-defense. >> reporter: the cuts were originally scheduled to kick in january 1st because congress couldn't grow on a broad package to reduce the deficit several times in 2011 and 2012 in excomping for republicans agreeing to raise the debt ceiling and they were pushed off again during the year-end
downtown location no longer works for the agency. >>> a police officer at the pentagon forced protection -- forest protection agency got the medal of valley. officer thomas received the medal for his brave actions off duty. back in 2011 thomas was at a convenience store in clinton when a gunman got into a fight with another man. thomas identified himself as a police officer and ordered the suspect to drop the gun, but the man refused and turned toward thomas. that is when the officer opened fire and killed the suspect. today's ceremony was held in the pentagon's hall of heroes. >>> coming up senator marco rubio explains why he had to reach so far for that drink of water during last night's republican response to the state of the union. >> reporter: could moms and dads across the country suddenly be able to find good free preschool? i'm bruce leshan, this story coming up. >> reporter: i'm danielle nottingham at the vatican. coming up thousands of followers packed st. peter's >>> catholics packed st. peter's basilica in vatican city today and stood outside to watch the pope celebrate ash
in brokering more of these kinds of deals. in green belt, i'm tracee wilkins, news4. >>> today the pentagon announced the creation of a new medal that recognizes 21st century war fare. the distinguished war fare medal will be awarded to troops that launch drone strikes or direct cyberattacks. they assist during combat missions without ever setting foot in a combat zone. defense secretary panetta is expected to announce the new medal. it says it would recognize exception appear contributions made from afar. we're told that medal would be considered a bit higher ranking than the bronze star. >>> nbc news has learned that general john allen is expected to withdraw his name from consideration as the top commander of nato. military official say allen does not want to put his family through repeated discussions about jill kelly. kelly is the woman who claims to have received threatening e-mails from paula broadwell. that claim triggered the investigation that led to the resignation of cia director david petraeus. pentagon investigation cleared allen of any wrongdoing in that case. >>> today's ash
was also inducted into the hall of heroes at the pentagon and honored with a parade. since then meyer has raised more than a million dollars to help send the children of wounded marines to college. and finally, as you have all seen, he is the author of "into the fire: a firsthand account of the most extraordinary battle in the afghan war." leading authorities is very proud to exclusively represent dakota meyer, and now i want to show you a video to hear more about dakota and his story. thank you. ♪ >> it's kind of frustrating because, you know, everyone wants to get an interview about the worst day of your life. >> it was a straightforward mission that then-21-year-old sergeant dakota meyer had been assigned that day. meyer waited anxiously by the vehicles as his team began their parol of the village on foot. as they approached, all hell l broke loose. more than 50 insurgents fired from positions on mountains surrounding the valley and from within the village. back at the vehicles, meyer heard the firing and could see into the valley. the volume of fire increased, and the radio traffic
other americans. the pentagon never received the request from the state academy for security, and did not have the resources to get support on the ground in time to thwart the attackers. leon panetta is stepping down. this hearing is four hours and 15 minutes. [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations] >> good morning, everybody. today the committee welcomes secretary of defense, leon panetta, and the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, general martin dempsey. to testify about the department of defense's response the deadly terrorist attack on the u.s. temporary mission facility in benghazi, libya, last year. and the findings of its internal review following that attack, including lessons learned from benghazi. we will be receiving testimony next tuesday morning on the impact of sequestration and/or a full-year continuing resolution on the department of defense witnesses. there will be department secretary of defense, the comp driller and the joint chiefs of staff. i hope today's hearing with inform the committee of any changes being made or proposed to the posture of u.s.
the beast? everybody -- leon panetta said this will be devastating to the pentagon. >> what you're hearing mostly from democrats is that we cannot let this happen. the cuts are terrible. this will hurt not only the first responders that you mentioned but food inspectors, fbi agents and -- >> bill: air-traffic controllers. >> everything that americans depend on. but you're getting this growing course from republicans saying we do need to cut government spending. this isn't the ideal way to do it but this -- it gets the job done if that's what it takes and that's what it takes. >> bill: they're willing -- so in terms of the military, "new york times" reported some 240,000 members of the army, maybe national guard -- would get furloughs. there are ships that are not being deployed these days. there are all kinds of -- cuts to the pentagon, would be very severe. republicans who claim of being like pro military, pro defense. we support the armed forces. they're going to let this happen to the pentagon? >> i think a lot of the very defense hawks are saying no, we cannot let this happen to the pe
. administrators at the golden gate area say they have started planning for it. >> the pentagon has grounded it's entire fleet of f-35's after finding a cracked engine blade on one plane. officials say that the problem came to light during a routine inspection at edward's air force base. the announcement as some members of congress have been questioning the cost of the f- 35 program. it's the pentagon's most expensive weapons program at almost $400 billion. >>> right now supporters of drake's oyster bay company are holding a vigil to try to keep the company from shutting down. people have been gathering since 6:45 last night at the sacred heart church and say they will stay there until 6:45 tonight. they say they are praying for the 31 employees who could loose their job if the company is forced to shut down. after the department refused to renew the lease that company took it to court and lawyers have just submitted final arguments. >> two california highway patrol officers are talking about their close call with a mountain lion near sacramento. it started last weekend when the two were sent
troops to decide whether to allow gay members. >>> the pentagon is also taking steps to be more inclusive of gays. defense secretary will extend some benefits to same sex partners of military members. comes more than a year after the pentagon lifted the ban on gays serving in the military. >> president obama will try to sell democrats on his plans for immigration, gun control and the economy during a closed door meeting today. this happened in annapolis. the president's ambitious second term agenda relies on support from law makers. >>> and while the president heads to maryland. >> billions of dollars will take effect next month. without one, the district could be hit hard. melanie alnwick is live with the latest details. >> reporter: tony and allison, if you feel like we've been here before, that's because we have. a very long and frustrating game of kick the can here. seems like over and over again. these cuts were supposed to kick in january 1st. back in 2011 and 2012, congress could not agree on a broader package. that was an exchange for republicans agreeing to raise the debt ceiling
, not to their scout leadership. >> sounds like the pentagon will be making news on this front as well, ed. >> reporter: that's right. we're told we can expect in the next few days that pentagon officials are going to announce some benefits to the same sex couples, basically, involving service members. this will involve sort of health and welfare programs, but it's important to note that it will stop at not recognizing same sex marriages between service members and either, you know, fellow service members or civilians because of the defensive marriage act prevents the government from recognizes those marriages. >> ed henry on the north lawn at the white house. good to see you. >>> lawmakers in a few states are now considering printing or minting their own money. forget about the greenback. that's a myth. virginia has other thoughts or at least some in virginia. we won't put this on all virginia ns. utah nickels, virginia dollars? we'll take a look at it. i say we get hotty-tty-totty benjamins, but that's for later. oh this is lame, investors could lose tens of thousands of dollars on their 401(k) to hi
at the pentagon on tuesday, after which he will come back here to minot, north dakota, and continue with his new job. meanwhile, the war in afghanistan continues. more than 60,000 american service members are right now in that country fighting that war. i'm jake tapper for cnn in minot, north dakota. >>> good evening. it's hard to imagine a bigger night because it's hard to foresee a bigger winter storm than the one forecasters say could dump more than two feet of snow in parts of the country. tens of millions could be affected. thousands of flights are already canceled. we'll tell you what you need to know to stay safe and where the storm is going to hit. >>> we begin with breaking news. authorities say he's got the means to inflict mass casualties and a mission calling for precisely that. take a look. this is the man that police all across southern california are trying to find. he may now be one step closer to locating. christopher jordan dorner is his name. ex-navy reservist, ex-lapd officer with a grudge against the force. if you see him, do not approach him. get some place safe and contact
to take effect. it will impact virtually every major agency in washington. the pentagon could see roughly half of the reductions and that has republicans upset. >> we're going to begin to unravel the finest military in the history of the world at a time when we need it most. >> reporter: mandatory cuts in domestic spending could also hit americans hard. there could be furloughs of food safety employees, leading to a shortage of meat poultry and eggs and pushing up food prices. 50,000 tsa workers could see their hours cut back that would mean longer security lines for air travelers, and more than 350,000 people who need mental health treatment could be denied. hundreds of thousands of government workers from teachers to federal law enforcement agents are likely to be furloughed. many republicans admit the sequester isn't ideal, but they insist cuts have to be made. >> let me be very clear and i say this to the president as i say it to you, these spending cuts are going to go through on march 1st. >> reporter: the white house warns the cuts would get phased in just a
the drop program should fall under the pentagon, not the cia. you can listen to rebroadcast on c-span radio today. richards in result -- richard is on the line. what do you think about the drone's strikes? >> it is very vast modern-day technology. there will always be people killed a matter what we do. we have to grow up and understand that. the aclu is the biggest group of nuts on the planet. thank you. host: edmond, oklahoma. caller: i would just like to say one thing. the aclu is on the front of maintaining our constitutional rights. you may not agree with some of , but iflenges, i don't things they overall doing a good job. as far as the drones, they're working in that uncovered. in pakistan. i live in oklahoma and it has been in the paper recently that we have drone's being used here. one of your previous caller said there was a bill. from what i understand, we already have them here. we have a republican governor right now is in violation is not transparent, taking orders from right wing not jobs back east. and she now has these drones at her disposal. host: we heard earlier from form
of the three reporting agencies. pentagon officials say the department is not extended some housing benefits to same-sex partners of service members. this is because the issue requires more you and military leaders are worried that it might be on fair. the pentagon is dealing a number detail in a number of other benefits that will be extended to same-sex partners including identification cards and will provide access to commissaries and other services. the military services have until october 1st but the changes into effect. >> the highway four expansion project is now in its final phase. it will include a long awaited bart extension for its east contra costa county bart riders. it is called the bart. caltrans is extending 10 mi. from the dead bird bay point station to hillcrest and the city of antioch. the new bart trains have an environmentally friendly technology. the work on the and jacket system began back in 2010, bar plans to launch a new service in 2017. >> a man is mauled by dog at and east oakland and our neighbors want answers as why a pack of dogs are still the neighborhood after
. it has been happening for the last several months. meanwhile at the pentagon officials are looking at big changes in how they fight cyber terror. bob orr is in washington. >> those attacks on the "new york times" and "wall street journal" are part of a plot to crack critical systems inside of the u.s. cyber detectives traced the computer break-ins at "the new york times" and "wall street journal" to government hackers inside china. chinese deny the allegations calling them not professional and groundless but both papers say there is evidence hackers stole reporters' passwords and attempted to monitor coverage of the chinese government. newspapers are just the latest targets. sources say state-sponsored spies mostly from china every day infiltrate a broad spectrum of government and business networks inside the u.s. >> cyber, i believe, represents as big a threat to the security of this country as any one specific threat. >> reporter: at his confirmation hearing thursday secretary of defense nominee chuck hagel warned computer-based attacks could be crippling
say that means as many as 700,000 of the 800,000 civilians who work for the pentagon. >> this is not a beltway phenomenon. on our civilians it will be catastrophic. >> reporter: civilians like sue ann fallenberg a single mom and administrative assistant at a naval school 3,000 miles away from washington in monterey california. >> i would have to get a part-time job to support my family. >> reporter: she is worryied about the 20% pay cut if she's furloughed or put on involuntary pay one day a week. >> can you reduce the rent for 20%? i can't say that. >> reporter: and it's not just cuts to the pentagon dozens of agencies including the fbi will also have to make difficult choices. >> the fbi would be in the position of having to evaluate where those reductions can come from, and that may impact in the national security arena. >> reporter: the president will continue in coming days to highlight the hardships to individuals and to the public at large if the cuts take place. democrats congressional campaign committee also goes on the offensive today.
about their capabilities and potentially u.s. vulnerabilities. let's bring in our pentagon correspondent barbara starr. she's investigating what is going on. what are you finding out, barbara? >> so far, wolf, u.s. officials aren't saying much about this. so the question is, is it iran showing the capabilities of one of the u.s.'s most secret spy airplanes? iran claims this is classified video from a u.s. spy drone. >> this aircraft has had many flights in countries around iran. in operations that have taken place in pakistan, this aircraft has provided guidance. >> u.s. officials are trying to figure out what exactly iran has in hand. in washington thursday, defense secretary leon panetta wasn't talking. >> did iran hack our drone, mr. secretary? >> most alarming will be if iran's claim is true that it dekripted a video from one of america's most secret aircraft. >> looking at the video, it certainly seems to be genuine but i think it's a give away that you can see that the video in places is masked by what looked like frames in a glass cover. >> since it captured in the drone in 2011,
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